Wood: Mellor led by example in Brighton win

After the break, Brighton came out an improved side and, as Wood admitted, United “took our foot off the gas a little bit.”

Ondrej Mastny was called on to make two excellent saves early in the half and then came up big late on with a string of important stops in added time, by which point Brighton had got a goal back through Marc Leonard.

Wood was pleased to see his side hold on despite the late pressure, and picked out two players in particular for praise.

“I thought Bjorn [Hardley] and Will [Fish] were excellent at the back against two really good, big strikers. There were lots of good performances. I’d say those three [Fish, Hardley and Mellor] were really outstanding.”

The Under-23s aren’t in action again for another fortnight now, when Wood’s team will host West Ham United in a Friday evening (19:00 GMT) fixture.

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United Women to face Chelsea

The semi-finals draw took place on Thursday afternoon and was made by former England international Gemma Davison.

United’s reward for a fine 1-0 win over Arsenal is a clash with another London side, as Manchester City and Tottenham meet in the other tie.

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